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>> hello and welcome. this is the "journal" on dw coming to you from berlin. >> here's a look at our top stories this hour -- a cease-fire fails to materialize in the middle east. >> berlin goes wild as germany's world cup heroes returned home with the trophy. >> jean-claude juncker wins approval from the eu parliament as the new head of the commission.
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>> efforts to reach a temporary truce in the middle east seem to have come up short. hamas rejected the proposed cease-fire deal with israel earlier today, and militants continued firing rockets into israeli territory. >> now israel is lashing back. prime minister benjamin netanyahu says his forces will expand lee terry operations and exert great war's. a week of heavy fighting has claimed the lives of 190 palestinians, and today, the first israeli citizen was killed in the violence. >> smoke is rising over gaza again. israel resumed its offensive after hamas rejected calls for a cease-fire, saying it did not go far enough. >> israel's announcement of a unilateral cease-fire has no value to us. we do not want a cease-fire. we want an end to injustice for the palestinian people. >> just hours after israel declared its truce, hamas fired a volley of rockets across the
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border. some landed near the town were diplomatic efforts are continuing. the diplomatic foreign minister has been meeting with both sides, hoping to alleviate a solution. >> our aim is twofold. first, we want to show that we care deeply about the security of israel and its people. second, we must find a way to end the suffering of the civilian population on both sides. >> israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu sent a clear warning. >> hamas does not accept the cease-fire proposal and continues to fire rockets, as seems to be the case, we are prepared to intensify our military operations to protect our people. we expect support from responsible members of the international community. >> as the death toll continues to climb, and e -- an end to
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the violence is nowhere in sight. >> thomas said the cease-fire deal did not go far enough. they want an end to the injustice against palestinians. what does that mean? >> want harm -- what hamas wants is the status quo. they have been isolated politically, economically, and territorially. for example, the goods that go in and out are highly controlled. people's movement is restricted dramatically. they cannot go to israel unless they have a special permit, which almost no one has, and the only way to get in and out of the gaza strip is the border crossing with egypt. that has been closed since the new government in egypt took office because they are not on good terms with hamas, and that has intensified and worsened the situation for the people in the gaza strip, so one of the demands hamas has is that the border crossing is being reopened so that people can move
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in and out of the gaza strip because at the moment, they feel like they are in a big prison. >> benjamin netanyahu says he will exert great force. what kind of treasure -- pressure is he under? >> is a deep divide going through the israeli government at the moment. from the moment the cabinet met to discuss the cease-fire proposal, a huge fight broke out, and some cabinet members opposed the cease-fire deal. just a couple of hours ago, prime minister netanyahu fired his deputy defense minister for openly criticizing how he is militant -- leading this campaign against gaza. there is a power struggle going on in the government. greatly public want netanyahu to guarantee security in israel, and they do not want the
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military operation to end before hamas' position has been weakened. tonight, we saw the first israeli casualty. netanyahu is under quite a bit of pressure. >> difficult situation indeed. thanks so much for joining us from jerusalem. >> all right, we will switch gears now to world cup soccer, and the victors have returned home. >> the german squad arrived to a heroes welcome in berlin after beating argentina to win the world cup in rio de janeiro on sunday night. >> the players and coach took to the stage at brandenburg gates and celebrated with hundreds of thousands of cheering fans with a very special trophy in tow. >> after 24 years, the world cup is back in germany. the champions put on a historic show in front of berlin's brandenburg gates.
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nearly 500 thousand fans join the celebration here at berlin's fan mile, home to germany's title hopes, since the country hosted the 2006 world cup. >> thank you all for coming out to the fair mile. last time we saw you here, it was 2006, and we had a blast, but this time, we brought back the trophy and our fourth title. thanks so much for your support. >> throngs of fans have been waiting since the break of don, eager to be part of history, and the moment was not lost on the players, either. what have the last couple of hours been like? >> absolutely amazing. it's the best moment of my life. i'm just here to savor it. >> a special round of applause went out to the team's coaches who engineered the victory.
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>> it had been a long time coming, and it was incredibly difficult, but we are all just overjoyed to be here with the fans. >> hours earlier, the < jumbo -- the lufthansa jumbo that brought the team that flew over the fans. after for thrilling weeks, the soccer heroes were finally home. it was a hero's procession to get to the brandenburg gate with fans lining the streets, and the closer their open top bus got to the fan mile, the slower it went. the players took selfies and celebrated. after an hour, the champions bid there well -- farewell and left berliners to continue the party.
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>> dw was in the middle of all that mass euphoria at the brandenburg gate. following events for us, my colleague asked for a sense of what was happening. >> it has been a fantastic morning, and the crowd in anticipation and heat have been growing all morning. when they did arrive, the crowd went absolutely crazy. on both sides of the brandenburg gate behind me, on east and west, this was history in the making, the first time that a reunited germany had won a world cup. it has been a long journey, as you mentioned. he had been on that stage back in 2000 6, 2010, now 2014, and was mega proud, he said, to have
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one, but another man for you, our very own reporter has been with the national team, flew back with them. you have not slept in two days, i believe. how has it felt all in the german team? >> i am so impressed by the people, by the party. we did not recognize anything from civilization, just when we went to the matches, but now we are here, and it's just amazing. during the flight, everything was quiet, and then we flew over berlin, and we saw the fans, and we saw the people on the roofs with their flags celebrating, and it was like an explosion
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from the aero. everybody was celebrating. >> i saw you flying over, and i believe you got to touch the world cup trophy. >> yes, yes, yes. >> fantastic feeling? >> it was great. everybody had the opportunity to touch it, to make a selfie, to make a photo with it, and it was a title dream. >> briefly, was this whole germany like a dream for you, germany winning the championship, you getting to cover it? >> after like it will take weeks to awake. >> maybe that's because he has not got to sleep yet. you get some sleep year. it's been fantastic watching your reports.
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>> that was the big german victory party earlier today. >> if you have not had enough of the world cup, do go to our website for our full online coverage of the tournament. we have more on the victorious team awesome rival in berlin with lots of great pictures as well as exclusive content from our world cup report is including some great blogs from our spectacular sports correspondent, titus shop. >> spectacular? you got a soft spot for him. in afghanistan, at least 89 people have been killed and more than 50 injured by a suicide bombing. >> the blast occurred in southeastern afghanistan. police tried to stop the truck carrying the explosives right before it exploded. in a separate incident in the capital, to employees -- two employees of the presidential palace were killed when their van was hit by a roadside bomb. it's been nearly two months since parliamentary elections in europe, and today, finally, brussels decided on a new
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president. >> jean-claude juncker has been elected the head of the european commission after a vote in parliament. the process of selecting a commission president was highly contested, but he managed to rise above the fray. >> the conservative candidate has promised a lot to different people and faces a tough road ahead. the former prime minister of luxembourg campaigned hard to win the parliament's support including a nod to british eurosceptics. he acknowledged that many people think the eu is too involved in national affairs. >> not every problem in europe has to be a problem for the european union. we have to take care of major issues. >> in the end, he won a clear majority. in addition to strong support from conservatives in many social democrats green lawmakers also vetted for him.
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>> hopefully, he feels more committed to the parliament than his predecessor. >> yunker gave an impassioned speech, arguing for a re-industrialization of europe. >> he did not try to run the show or tell everybody what they wanted to hear. he made it clear that some things are ok for him and some things are not. >> he promised a massive public-private investment program. >> sometimes you have to remember that the economy has to serve the people and not the other way around. the economy has to serve the people. >> yunker -- juncker will take over as european commission president in november. >> british prime minister david cameron has announced a major shakeup in his cabinet. he promoted several eurosceptic
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politicians after anti--- eu parties one recent elections. >> william hague was the biggest casualty of the reshuffle. he has voluntarily resigned to make room for former defense minister philip hammond, who is known for his anti-brussels views. last year, hammond said britain should leave the eu if the body failed to agree to new terms for britain's membership. the libyan government says it may call for international help to restore security in the country. this comes after some of the worst violence in months. >> two government soldiers were reported killed on tuesday as rival militias continue to battle for control of tripoli's international airport. more than 20 people have died in fighting since the weekend. clashes were also reported in the eastern city of benghazi, where at least six people have been killed since sunday. all right, stick around. we'll be back in one minute time with more on a subway derailment
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in moscow. >> and a new report on the deadly ebola virus which continues to spread in africa. stay with us. >> welcome back. we will go to ukraine where there has been more fighting in the east of the country. government forces continued operations against pro-russian separatist. officials said 11 civilians were killed in a town outside the net -- outside donetsk after several missiles hit an apartment block. >> the army has been shelling the city for several days now. thousands of people have lost their water or electricity. >> over the russian capital, meanwhile, at least 20 people have been killed and many more wounded after a train derailed in moscow during rush hour.
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>> at the worst accident in the famous subway system. the accident took place in one of the deepest metro stations, making rescue work difficult. >> the first images of a rush-hour tragedy. mangled subway cars packed with commuters. the crash left many dead and dozens of people injured. and its aftermath, rescuers raced to free those trapped. >> it's terrible, of course. i don't want to ride the metro anymore, and i'm sorry for those people. >> you need to look at how transport plans and regulations are working. i'm a technician. i think someone did not pay attention to whether things were working. >> for hours, rescuers struggled to save victims. helicopters ferried the badly hurt to the city's hospitals. the less seriously injured waited for medics to give them first aid. some of the dead were placed in a quiet corner until they could be taken away.
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right now, investigators believe a power surge caused the accident. their theory -- the train stalled, and three cars derailed. >> we are looking at everything, talking to survivors and investigating the site. our probe at the scene is not yet over. where putting all the means and manpower at our disposal into this. >> moscow's metro is one of the largest subway systems in the world. it transports nearly 10 million passengers every day. this incident may shake confidence in the famous subway. >> here in berlin, members of parliament have been holding a special session on allegations of washington's mass surveillance on germany. >> committee members are demanding the german government discover the full extent of the nsa's spying activities. >> authorities are investigating two employees at the defense ministry and intelligence ag -- agency on suspicion of spying
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for the u.s. this allegations have put further strain on berlin's relations with washington. >> it seems members of the bundestag's home affairs committee did not check their calendars to quickly. the massive celebrations for germany soccer squad meant many of them had trouble getting to work. the committee demanded more transparency from germany's government on u.s. espionage. the discussion, though, was top-secret. >> if we want to learn more the newspaper reports, then a committee like this has to be classified. we did get some new information, but the government carries the political responsibility for how these issues are handled and how the measures are taken. i wish the government would show more signs that they are ready to take action. >> even politicians within the governing coalition are calling for berlin to do more on u.s. spying.
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there's talk of scrapping information exchange deals with washington or even putting talks towards a u.s.-eu free trade deal on hold. >> it the right to data protection, to post and tell communication secrecy is under attack, and in germany has a duty to protect its citizens, and it must uphold that duty. >> from across the political spectrum, pressure is growing on angela merkel's administration to take a stronger stance against washington. >> political correspondent joins us now from our parliament studio. yet another committee demanding more answers, but is anyone in washington actually listening? >> from here in berlin, it would not appear to be the case, and that is part of the problem. i think that has angered many people in germany as much as the allegations of spying themselves.
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that's because the united states is not just one political partner among many for germany. it has been germany's main political partner and friend in the postwar era, and that's what the german government has also been trying to play down these allegations of spying. they have been dragging on for something like a year now, and they're hoping the united states would show some sensitivity towards the concerns of the german people. it has not done so yet, at least not publicly. >> new polls have come out on relations between the u.s. and germany. what did they show? >> they show that the feelings that ordinary germans have for americans and for the united states are probably at their worst in the postwar period. if you had asked a german just after the end of the second world war when america meant, they would have said the marshall plan. if you had asked 20 years ago, they would have said german reunification. if you ask them now, they say spying on its own citizens and its friends. >> thanks for joining us from
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our parliament studio. great new figures from the world health organization now. it says that death toll from the evil of virus outbreak in west africa has now topped 600 that the death toll -- the death toll from the ebola virus in west africa has now topped 600. >> ebola -- it's a disease that strikes fear into people's hearts, and that's with good reason. only discovered in 1966, the virus rampages through organs, tissues, and cells in the human body. once there, it can cause hemorrhages, and in up to 90% of all cases, death. >> it is pretty horrifying. anytime you have an epidemic that has a case for talladega rate -- case for talent he -- case fatality rate above 50%, it
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is horrifying, and that is why we are increasing our efforts. >> the current outbreak again in guinea and spent two neighboring liberia and sierra leone. the world of organizations as almost 1000 cases have been confirmed with 600 deaths -- the world health organization says almost 1000 cases. it's not to a begun with people eating bush meat, game from wild animals sold at market. the virus onto other people through blood, saliva, or even sweat. quarantines, hygiene, and treatment are essential. yet, medical staff have been attacked because locals accuse them of spreading the disease. many people are deterred from seeking treatment because there is no known cure. but there is some hope.
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eight agencies such as doctors without borders have set up medical centers like here in southern guinea. earlier this month, he was given a clean bill of health after 13 days in treatment. >> we've just given him the good news. we will give him a determination shower -- decontamination shower, and after that, we will take him to his village. >> once he is home, he gets a certificate showing that he has survived. it's all part of the strategy of communication and participation, which officials hope can help overcome the epidemic. >> switching gears to business news now. brazil is playing host to another international event after the world cup, the sixth annual bricks summit. >> leaders from the emerging economies of brazil, russia, india, china, and south africa
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are meeting looking for ways to win back the confidence of international investors who have withdrawn funds in recent months as growth in emerging economies slowed. let's turn our attention to the markets now, and our correspondent says traders in frankfurt did not let the big football victory party in berlin go to their heads. >> world cup title number four, the return of the victorious german team back home, those were things that people here on the floor observed, that they talked about all day, but they did not really help the mood. the dax reacting with a dip to new information about the mood among financial experts. the index which measures that sank for the seventh month in a row. after that, disappointing economic data from the united states.
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>> here come the raw market numbers. starting in frankfurt with the dax, which is down more than .5% on the day to finish at 9719. the pan-european euro stoxx 50 was also off by more than 1%, 3153, the finish. over in new york where they are still trading, the dow is even at 17,054. the euro at the moment is slightly off against the dollar -- $1.3565. >> that wraps up this edition of the "journal." >> we leave you with the sights and sounds of europeans' big day celebrations. ♪ captioned by the national captioning institute
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>> first, just over a week has passed since israel began operation protective edge in gaza, which has so far claimed the lives of more than 190 palestinians. this evening, authorities in israel announced the first israeli civilian casualty of that conflict who was killed by a rocket fired from the gaza strip. the hamas militant group has claimed responsibility for that attack, which comes after a truce plan brokered by egypt, rejected by hamas. yle brown has all the details. >> israelis run for cover